The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?
I am not a marvellous singer or guitarist. I have inflicted my morning singing and playing on those I have lived with for years. I’m not sure they feel as blessed by this as I do! Psalm 25 is the psalm I sing more than any other. I play it on the guitar and sing these words “To you O Lord, I lift up my soul.” It is a wonderful, involved and deep psalm – and is a good one to read as I write & record this on Good Friday – my favourtite day of the year. The day of days. Here are the first few verses of the psalm:
1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
There is so much here. So much that we need right now in the midst of our troubled world.
Firstly we choose to put our trust in God.
Secondly, we ask that we are not put to shame or that enemies triumph.
Thirdly, we ask to be guided in truth and God’s paths.
Fourthly we ask for hope.
Fifthly, we ask God to remember His mercy and forget our sins because of His love.
It is this last thing that is what Good Friday is all about. We come to God knowing that we have sinned, we have rebelled – and we ask for mercy. God gives His mercy – but it cost Him everything, it’s not cheap or easy – it cost Him the death of His Son. This is what it cost, this is how big our forgiveness is. It’s not a small thing – it’s the greatest gift in the world, in history.
Let’s pray this psalm today – or you can sing it. But let’s ask God for mercy that we might follow His path.
May the message of Good Friday go with you today. Love Matt